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Taiwan takes on Brunei in football

Taiwan takes on Brunei in football

Chinese Taipei goes up against Brunei Darussalam at 7:00pm Thursday in a qualifier for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 at Kaohsiung National Stadium. While the Taiwan side will be missing its "Half-Blood Prince" Xavier Chen due to a leg injury, it will still have the striking power of "Treasure Island Brother" Chen Po-liang and eight other key players in what is being termed one of the strongest lineups ever fielded by the local side.

"This time we will not retreat, we must win, and the more we score the better," says Chen, who scored a hat trick the last time the two sides met, in the 2009 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round. He stresses that his previous achievement was long ago, and he will need to be at his best today.

Chinese Taipei currently stands at number 184 in world rankings, its lowest ranking in history, but remains confident of its chances against number 198 Brunei Darussalam. Meanwhile Brunei will be looking for revenge against Chinese Taipei after it was blanked 5-0 in the 2009 match between the two sides. Brunei will be looking to brothers Mohd and Adi Said of the nation’s only professional club DPMM to provide their scoring power.
Chinese Taipei spent ten days training for the contest in Thailand earlier this month, and coach Chen Kuei-jen says the team is hyped up for tonight’s game. "The season is just getting underway and our players are set, everyone is ready for action. Our strikers are primed, and we just need a few finishing touches to control the game, says Chen.

Chinese Taipei is expect to mold its attack around midfielder Chen Po-liang, with Wen Chih-hao and Chen Hao-wei providing strong support on the wings. The Chinese Taipei - Brunei Darussalam contest is one of six matching 12 hopefuls for Russia 2018, with games being held around Asia tonight and March 17. Six winners from Asia will advance to join 34 others in a field of 40 for the FIFA tournament.

Updated : 2021-09-22 10:58 GMT+08:00